Telecommunications equipment installers work in several industries setting up voice, data and video equipment. These jobs generally require no special eduction and usually receive on-the-job training. The median annual salary for these positions is about $55,000.
Telecommunications equipment installers set up voice, data, and video equipment, such as routers, switchboards and fiber optic cables. On-the-job training and classroom training are required for jobs in equipment installation. Certification is also often required by employers. Reduced training is an option for candidates with a postsecondary education.
|Required Education||Classroom training|
|Other Requirements||On-the-job training; certification may be required|
|Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)*||-4%|
|Median Salary (2015)*||$54,570 annually|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Career Information for a Telecommunications Equipment Installer
There are four general types of telecommunications equipment installers. Central office technicians work at the main switching hubs of communication or cable television companies. They install, evaluate, and repair the switches and routers that transmit and direct voice, data, and video signals. Headend technicians are nearly identical to central office techs, but they work at TV and cable distribution centers rather than hubs.
Meanwhile, private branch exchange (PBX) installers specialize in setting up switchboards that direct an organization's communications. Station installers or field technicians install phone and Internet equipment for residential customers and businesses.
As of May 2015, the industries that employed the most telecommunications equipment installers and repairers were wired telecommunications carriers, building equipment contractors and cable and other subscription programming services, according to the BLS. Employment was also high among wireless telecommunications carriers and other telecommunications services.
In May 2015, the BLS reported the middle half of telecommunications equipment installers and repairers earned between $39,070 and $69,920 annually, with a median salary of $54,570. The BLS projected that the employment of telecommunications equipment installers would decrease by an estimated 4% from 2012-2022, which is slower than average. Installers who work on high-speed data transfer systems, such as those used for multimedia content, were projected to have the best opportunities.
Certification in the specific field of telecommunications installation is often required by employers. Postsecondary education is available, though most workers receive on-the-job training. The job growth in this field is predicted to decrease in the coming decade.